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Album Review

Sweden's Centinex totally destroys with catchy, maniacal speed metal. Fans of early Entombed will appreciate the group's unrelenting assaults and disturbed death metal angle. Once you wade through the dust, carnage, and feedback that the band leaves behind, "Demonic Warlust" becomes an evil mini-opera with amazing changes. For the most part, though, one song flows unhinged to the next. But Centinex knows how to let up, if for only a moment. The end of "Spawned to Destroy" leaves just a simple melody that also serves as the intro to the strangely triumphant "Soul Crusher." The band uses the same effect on the latter, allowing an eerie, classical composition to end one song and begin the next. Diabolical Desolation is undeniably good, but it takes a certain mindset to appreciate it. Fans of the genre will love this record; others will feel entirely alienated by it. But the moments between songs raise a question: If Centinex were to go the way of Entombed and become more experimental and more dynamic, could the band craft an atmosphere unlike anything else?


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although less expressive than Scandinavian scene giants like At the Gates or In Flames (maybe they too should have adopted a preposition), Centinex are among the oldest death metal bands to issue from Sweden, having formed as early as 1990 but not really attaining significant career momentum until many years later. Starting with 1991's The End of Life demo, Centinex's semi-original lineup of vocalist Mattias Lamppu, guitarists Andreas Evaldsson and Kenneth Wiklund, bassist Martin Schulman, and drummer...
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